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HER Number:MDV23917
Name:Old Town Hall, High Street, Ilfracombe


Three storey building dating from 1861-2. The three bay front, the central one narrower, accentuated by tiers of columns. The second and third floors have arched windows, the ground floor three semi-circular arches with shop, footway and road.


Grid Reference:SS 518 476
Map Sheet:SS54NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIlfracombe
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishILFRACOMBE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS54NW/65
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TOWN HALL (Built, XIX - 1861 AD to 1862 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV328517.

The old town hall with no 20, high street.1861/2. Classical facade in bottstone ashlar, roof not visable from street. Three storeys, three bay front, the centre bay is narrower. Articulated by two tiers 3/4 of roman doric columns topped by unfluted ionic, each with a heavy cornice. Rusticated ground floor with three semi-circular arches, shop, footway and road. Arched windows in architraves above, sashes. The facade is the chief interest of the building.(doe).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV95789.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

No 20 marked.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1293104 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

The Old Town Hall. Former Town Hall, now a shop with vacant upper floors. 1861/2. Bath stone ashlar. 3 storeys 3 bays, central bay narrower. Italianate style. Facade articulated by two tiers of attached Doric columns supporting imposts and cornices breaking forward over columns and then a top tier of attached Ionic columns with imposts supporting a cornice and blocking course, both broken forward over columns. Rusticated ground floor of three semi-circular arches to, left to right, shop, footway and road. Each upper floor bay with a round-arched, architraved, 4-pane hornless sash. Passageways under the building vaulted; the street divided from the footway by an arcade of 4 large and 2 smaller round-headed arches with plain capitals. A moulded cornice and hanging shop sign support indicate that shops and windows, now blocked, once faced the footway. Rear elevation rendered with two 15-pane and one 4:12:4 pane tripartite hornless sash windows. INTERIOR not inspected. All the listed buildings in High Street form a group.
Date first listed: 23rd February 1978

Unknown, Unknown, High Street, Ilfracombe (Illustration). SDV355444.

Building shown on early photo of Ilfracombe High Street with Furse's grocery shop on the ground floor.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV328517Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV355444Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. High Street, Ilfracombe. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112686 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1293104.
SDV95789Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 3 2018 8:52AM